Like most European leagues, Serie A was interrupted in March and resumed a few months later amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Football in Italy returned on June 12 with the Cup matches with the participation of Juventus, Milan, Napoli and Inter, the teams played return matches in the semifinals, and on June 17, Napoli in a penalty shootout with a score of 4: 2 was stronger Turintsy (regular time – 0: 0).

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At the time of the stoppage in Serie A there were 12 rounds left, Juventus was in the lead, one point ahead of Lazio. Maurizio Sarri’s team, who led the team before the season, increased the lead, having won four wins in a row against Bologna, Lecce, Genoa and Torino, who were in the second half of the standings.

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Relative setbacks in the last five games (only one win with two losses), weak defensive play and a bet on the individual actions of the stars in the attack did not prevent the Turin players from winning the Scudetto. In particular, Lazio was beaten thanks to a double by Cristiano Ronaldo, who thereby overcame the mark of 50 goals in the Italian championship in 61 matches and broke the record of Andriy Shevchenko (68 matches).

Juventus did not stop on their way to the title defeat from Milan away (2: 4), and the hosts, led by Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who returned to Italy in January from the USA, won a strong-willed victory, scoring all four goals in the second half.

Surri’s team suffered its second failure after a forced break in the game against Udinese, the Turin lost to this opponent for the first time since 2015. The defeat on July 23 fell on a round date – 3000 days have passed since Juventus became the champion of the country in 2012 and until now it has not given this title to anyone.

“This is a special feeling. It is difficult to win, it is even more difficult to win constantly. There are no guaranteed victories in sports. It was not a walk in the park, but a long, arduous, nervous job, and the team deserves credit for continuing to find motivation after eight consecutive championships. After the match, I told the players that if they managed to win the title even under my leadership, then they must be really good, ”joked the coach, who had never won a national championship before, in an interview with Sky Sport Italia. “This title is dedicated to all fans, especially those who have suffered due to a pandemic that took us all by surprise, ”wrote, in turn, Ronaldo on Instagram.

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The victory of Juventus allowed the goalkeeper of the team Gianluigi Buffon to become the 10-time champion of the country, no one has been able to do this before. For many years he was the main goalkeeper of the club, and now, having returned from Paris Saint-Germain, he is the understudy of Pole Wojciech Szczęsny.

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Lazio, which was close to breaking the hegemony of Juventus, after a pause won two wins, but then suffered four defeats in five matches, losing including to Juventus (1: 2), and dropped to fourth … At the same time, the team of Simone Inzaghi will not dare to call this season a failure: thanks to the victory in the previous round over Cagliari, the Romans secured their place in the group stage of the Champions League for the first time since 2007.

Where Lazio could not get without their striker Ciro Immobile, who is fighting to become the best in Serie A and across Europe in terms of performance. He now has 34 goals, while Cristiano Ronaldo has 31. Thanks to hat-trick in the last match with Verona, Immobile set the national championship record for Italian footballers in the number of goals in one season – the previous achievement belonged to Antonio Angelillo (33 goals in the 1958/1959 season).

Immobile also became the best in the history of the Italian championships in terms of the number of penalties realized in one season – 14, the previous achievement (12 goals) belonged to Cristiano Ronaldo (current season) and Giuseppe Signori (season 1995/96).

The breakthrough this season was made by Inter and Atalanta, who ousted the Romans in the struggle for second-third places. After the resumption of Serie A, the Milanese suffered only one defeat, scoring six victories, and are ahead of the Bergamascus in the dispute for the second place by one point.

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Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku, who scored 23 goals in Serie A in his first season, plays an important role in Inter’s success.

None of Inter’s debutants have reached such a mark since 1998, when Ronaldo scored 25 goals.

The Belgian also doubled the Nerazzurri’s record for the most away league goals (15), beating a 70-year-old achievement.

Atalanta have never lost since the resumption of the championship, showing a six-game winning streak against the middle peasants and outsiders in Serie A.

The team from Bergamo was close to victory and in the match with the leader, twice in the lead, but Juventus escaped defeat thanks to two goals from Ronaldo from the penalty spot.

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After that game, the Bergamaski slowed down – the lack of a long bench affected. The centerpiece of the last 38th round will be the match between Atalanta and Inter. However, after that the season for the team from Bergamo will not end – the game of the ¼ final of the Champions League on August 12 against Paris Saint-Germain will be a big test for it.

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A mistake named Balotelli

Italian Cup winner Napoli could be in sixth place if they beat Milan, which is one point behind. However, the result for the Neapolitans will still be secondary – the team, thanks to the victory in the cup, got into the Europa League, and ahead of it the return match of the 1/8 finals of the Champions League with Barcelona.

Three teams are leaving Serie A, two of them are already known. The first loser was SPAL, with only five victories so far. Fatal for the club was the defeat from another outsider of the tournament – “Brescia” (1: 2).

Brescia also took off, which was not helped by the notorious striker Mario Balotelli, who scored only five goals. Club President Massimo Cellino has already said that the signing vice champion Europe 2012 was a mistake.

The third team to leave the elite could be Lecce or Genoa. It is Lecce that needs to be saved, which is four points behind the Genoese.

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